The wonders of science are as moving, as breathtaking, and as illuminating as the greatest wonders of religion. The essential difference, however, is that scientific wonders do not rely on faith, but are empirically reproducible and directly observable. If religion seeks to reveal the wonders behind and beyond the world, science seeks to reveal the wonders in and of the physical world.
Seen in this light, Buddhism is less a religion of faith than a religion of direct discovery. In this sense, it has many elements in common with the basic orientation of science. This is not to say, however, that many elements of mere faith, superstition, and irrationality have not crept into various culturally-inflected versions of Buddhism–such as the Bon-infused Tibetan Buddhism, for instance–over the years. They certainly have. There is a sense, however, in which the basic ‘core’ of Buddhism, is very scientific, though also undeniably religious.